Hamakua estate and garden – a photo tour

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Coastal Hamakua views

A Hamakua estate and garden

I’m visiting a private estate and garden out here in the northern part of Hawaii island, would you like to come and join me?

Well, let me tell you a little about this gorgeous estate along the gorgeous Hamakua coastline with rugged cliffs dropping down straight into the Pacific ocean. The owners of this property have a large estate with panoramic coastline views of the Hamakua coast along with two waterfalls adjoining the property. You will be able to see almost every type of exotic plant, flower and fruit tree on this property which the owners have lavishly maintained for decades.

Tropical anthuriums,Trommer Lilly Farm, Big Island
All right, let’s get started shall we. First let’s hike down to see the two waterfalls below the property. A narrow downhill pathway with lush plantings of anthuriums, ferns and large-leaved tropical plants of every shape and color.  I could hear the waterfalls directly ahead and in no time arrived at this beautiful pond framed with lush ferns and the magnificent falls.  It was tranquil and perfectly sized, and I had the entire place to enjoy on my own along with the pesky mosquitos.  In order to avoid all the swarming mosquitos, I quickly followed the stream bed down a worn path lined with palms and coconut trees. Finally, I make it to the edge of the coastline along the cliffs which are framed with  huge ironwood trees, supporting the entire cliff below – quite an idyllic spot to relax. The soft breezes at this point were keeping the mosquitoes at bay and allowing me to relax and enjoy the scenic views at my leisure.

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fern framed waterfall

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Waterfall spilling into the Pacific


Coastline views

It was a unique and powerful experience to see the waterfall cascading directly from the cliffs to the bottom of the ocean.  After some time enjoying the view, it was time to make that arduous hike back up those 100 plus steps to the main house, at double speed to avoid all the hungry mosquitoes lurking all the way back uphill.
Lilly blooms,Trommer Lilly Farm, Big Island




Trommer Lilly Farm, Big Island



Finally back on top of the property, immediately in front of us is an entire field of day lilies in bloom – which the owners maintained as a small business prior to their retirement. A large pathway connects through a tropical fruit orchard of bananas, pineapples, guavas, oranges, lemons and limes and exotic fruit I couldn’t easily identify. Closer to the main home a huge garden room is filled with tropical Rhododendrons or Vireyas blooming with many shapes, sizes, colors and amazing floral notes.

Tropical rhododendron or vireya,Trommer Lilly Farm, Big Island
Huge clusters of Vireya blooms with sweet flowery scents



Tropical rhododendron or vireya in Hawaii, Trommer Lilly farm





Plumeria blooms ,Trommer Lilly Farm, Big Island
Plumeria trees loaded with aromatic and ginger scented flowers perfume the walkways



There are many unusual and gorgeous tropical flower trees on the property, not all of them were blooming during this visit. But, here are a few of the beautiful blooms from the flowering trees,  shrubs and other tropical flowers in bloom that day.

Plumeria blooms ,Trommer Lilly Farm, Big Island




Trommer Lilly Farm, Big Island





Orchid blooms,Trommer Lilly Farm, Big Island
Many flower trees also hosted scented orchids like these dendrobium orchids


Well, that was a beautiful garden tour of this estate, pretty amazing isn’t? It’s hard to imagine the owners taking care of so many plants with bare bones help, I’m sure it’s an endless dedication and love for their tropical garden.
Variegated Pineapple,Trommer Lilly Farm, Big Island


If  your into tropical flowers, take a look at my recent post about some of my favorite tropical flowers, it’s got some amazing flowers that I captured in beautiful light outdoors. Also, here are some of photo tips posts on how to take amazing nature, plant and flowers and make them pop in your photography. Thanks for joining me on this tour, if you want to see more images, please visit my Flickr site here,


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10 Responses to Hamakua estate and garden – a photo tour

  1. Accountants London Lady October 9, 2015 at 12:58 am #

    That red flower is just captivating!

  2. Dr. Kashinath V Chitte July 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Exciting ! Most wonderful.but feel sorry that I cannot visit this Heaven on Earth, far away from India.

    Good work, Keep it up.

  3. InsideJourneys July 9, 2013 at 5:24 am #

    Beautiful, Noel! I’m impressed by the two waterfalls. My dream place will have to have water.

    I was trying to see how many of these flowers I recognize – and could name. Not too many. I’m so bad with the names of flowers.

  4. Sophie's World (@SophieR) July 5, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    Ooh, what gorgeous landscapes and love the bright, colourful flowers, too. Excellent and inspiring photos! I really must get to Hawaii.

  5. jenny@atasteoftravel July 4, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    What an amazing property. Maintaining it looks like hard work for a retirement lifestyle but I suppose it is a labour of love.

  6. budget jan July 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Gorgeous photos. The tree hanging out over the ocean, looks similar to the Coastal Casuarina or She Oak, that line the shores in N.Q. I wonder if it is the same or related?

    • Noel July 5, 2013 at 8:05 am #

      It just might be, the owners are real plant collectors so their garden is world class, thanks for sharing.

  7. Lisa Goodmurphy July 4, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    What a beautiful place for a walk and your photos of the flowers are exquisite! I fell in love with plumeria when we visited Hawaii and can’t wait to get back to see them again!

    I had intended to participant in your Photo Monday link-up but didn’t get my post finished on time. I will be away next week so it will be the week after before I take part. Have a great weekend!

  8. Marisol@TravelingSolemates July 4, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    Thanks for taking me for a walk in that beautiful estate and garden. What a tropical paradise! I enjoyed the waterfall and all the amazing flowers. Stunning photos.

  9. Sonel July 3, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

    Now that was such a lovely tour Noel and I truly enjoyed seeing all those gorgeous flowers and you’ve captured them so well! Thanks so much for sharing all these beauties. I would sure love to have an estate like that as well. 😀

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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